Accounts Payable Automation: A World of Efficiency

By iPayables | December 29, 2015

Organizations worldwide spend billions of dollars strictly for the purpose of building the processes that go into the infrastructures of their supply chains. The problem is that their ability to be automated and integrated is hampered by their natural limitations, and that’s where AP Automation can help.

Simply relying on staff members for manually inputting data entry seems to be what a number of companies are still relying on these days when perhaps they should be relying more on E-invoicing. The processes involved in handling all the data gathering, customer service and order processing is absolutely essential to the efficient running of Accounts Payable Departments. While in the past AP has handled invoice processes manually, when they could be streamlined using EIPP (Electronic Invoicing Preferred Payment).

The big issue here is that manually processing invoices can increase a company’s overhead exponentially because they waste so many corporate resources. With this process they can be error-prone which crucially effects the overall success of a company, resulting in unnecessary labor costs that simply can’t be avoided without the use of E-invoicing.

A more up-do-date approach, like the use of EIPP, is necessary to ensure that using more automation and fewer financial and human resources accomplishes all of these courses of action. Building more dexterity into the process of managing the supply chain is what AP automation is all about. Although some companies have started implementing electronic invoicing, others are still currently struggling with separate systems, like APS software and ERP systems. The inefficiencies and gaps between these systems are costing them time and money, as well as taking their toll on the company’s bottom line due to human error.

Electronic Invoicing and Accounts Payable Automation have been especially designed for providing easy integration and is successful at improving operational flexibility and efficiency. AP automation can also give staff members the ability to quickly respond to each and every change in the customer environment. EIPP helps by eliminating integration problems when an AP staff have to log into B2B partner-portals for the purpose of extracting and uploading invoice data, as well as updating those partner portals by using information gathered from the internal systems.

Accounts Payable Departments are finding that they need a more automated system rather than paying the high cost of manual input. The basic design of E-invoicing solutions is aimed at integrating apps and data for the purpose of replacing those processes that are data-driven with EIPP. The benefits of AP Automation can prove to be substantial when an increase in efficiency results in improved customer satisfaction, better financial performance and greater overall business growth.

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